I had the day off because school was closed due to the extreme cold, windy, and snowy weather so I had the chance to work on an animation project I've been thinking about for a couple of years.
Also, I was prompted by seeing the animation of Erika's Luna/Jupiter sequence on LPOD. The program made it very easy to creat an animation. Here's a link:
You may recall back in the fall of 2007 that periodic comet C17P/Holmes went into outburst causing its magnitude and coma to both increase dramatically.
I was able to make 3 field sketches over a 5 day timespan using the same telescope and eyepiece which provided an opportunity to watch the expanding coma fill and then overflow the FOV.
This is the first time I've used gifmaker so it's quick and dirty. The original sketches were scanned at slightly different sizes which the animation makes apparent. Also there is a typo on the third sketch--the FOV is 12' in all three drawings. The orientation isn't the same in the first drawing either.
Feedback is welcome. Let me know if these flaws are a problem. Perhaps I can go back to the originals and resize them for uniformity--maybe do something about that orientation, too.
Holmes was an exciting comet to observe. I hope this brings back some good memories for some of you as it did for me. Here is the animation: